At one extreme, economy class makes up nearly 65% of Delta’s transcontinental seats. On the other hand, main cabin represents 35% of American’s seats. United falls in between, but in terms of the absolute number of premium seats, its configuration is comparable to American’s. The additional premium seating gives United and American a potential unit revenue advantage, but Delta’s denser configuration gives it a clear lead on unit costs. The three clearly differ in how they balance the dual priorities of squeezing as many passengers onto the plane as possible and offering extra-legroom seats for corporate customers.
Check out the very interesting article, “In Business Class, Delta Zigs, United and American Zag”, from Adam Levine-Weinberg at The Motley Fool here.
As noted in the linked posts below, Delta’s transcontinental 757s have 168 seats, 16 full flat-bed business class seats, 44 Economy Comfort Seats, and 108 Economy seats.United 757s have only 142 seats including 28 full-flat bed business class seats, 42 Economy Plus seats and 72 regular Economy seats. American’s new Airbus A321s have just 102 seats, 10 in first, 20 business class seats, 36 main cabin extra seats, and just 36 main cabin seats.
- United Completes Transcon 757 Renov – Comparing to AA & DL Upgrades
- American Plans Only 36 Traditional Economy Seats on A321 Transcon Jets
- Delta’s 757-200s with Updated Business Elite Cabins – Looking Great!
- United Transcontinental Promo – Like AA’s, Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Miles
- 15K AAdvantage Bonus Miles for LAX & JFK New A321 Transcons